Board of Directors

Gian-Luigi Berini, Chairman
Gian-Luigi successfully started and sold a technology based start-up company, active in the Life Science Industry. In addition, he is member of the board of various start-ups and of FONGIT, Geneva’s hi-tech business incubator. Gian-Luigi spent more than 10 years as line- and general manager in multinational companies and has been an entrepreneur for more than 8 years. Gian-Luigi holds a degree in economy and marketing (Zurich, Bern), his expertise is in the field of Sales & Marketing, Organization and General Management. In 2011 he founded More Than A Drop, a not for profit Foundation.

Pierre Strübin, Vice-Chairman
Pierre worked 13 years at ABB Sécheron after graduating in electrical engineering (EPFL, 1975). He developed and commissioned, primarily abroad, equipment for rail transportation systems, undergrounds and trolleybuses while progressively taking on responsibility for the technical area. In 1988, he joined the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – it publishes consensus-based International Standards and manages conformity assessment systems for electrotechnology – where he eventually functioned as Deputy Technical Director. He concurrently obtained a Masters in Finance and a MBA with a specialisation in management. In 1994, Pierre joined LEM, the world leader in current and voltage sensors, where he was Managing Director for the Components Division. In 2000, he joined FONGIT, a Geneva based high-tech business incubator and is currently Managing Director. Pierre is currently member of more than 10 boards of directors, and the founder and majority shareholder of two profitable companies.

Antonio Gambardella, Member 
Antonio is responsible for the operation and administration of the incubator. Antonio was the founding partner of a venture capital fund investing in technology, with headquarters in Switzerland, Italy and California. During this experience, he managed incubator activities for seed start-ups. Later, he made direct investments in innovative small-medium companies in Europe, with active roles in management and board of directors (sectors including telecom, software, cleantech, optics and luxury). Antonio holds a degree in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and he attended Singularity University in California.

Special Advisor

François Gilardoni 
François functions as Special Advisor at Fongit Seed Invest. He has lived and worked throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan and has built a solid body of experience in the high technology industry for almost two decades. His forte is technology valorization, to raise business valuation of early stage ventures, advise in seed investments and oversee business turnarounds in industries like Cleantech, IT, ICT, Healthcare and Finance. He manages strategic partnerships and international affairs.  He holds a PhD (cum laude) in Computational Chemistry, as well as degrees in Environmental Science and Computing. He is also a mentor at Startup Weekend Switzerland.